Short Film

Monachopsis

June 7, 2018

noun. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.
Inspired by "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows" by John Koenig, this experimental short film narrates a monotonous life out of place, through mood, space and sound, where every day feels like yesterday, again and again. A character driven story, without any characters.

Project Duration
28ish weeks
Responsible for
Director, all aspects excluding music and sound mix
Tools
Maya, ZBrush, Nuke, Arnold

About the project:

In order to facilitate my learning objectives, I was allowed the opportunity to direct and produce my own short-film in my final year at The Animation Workshop. Taking a step back from my usual goal as a CG-generalist to create high quality assets and imagery, I wanted to expand my skill-sets by taking a big leap into the role of a director and storyteller.

I was fascinated by the idea of trying to tell a mood-driven story about a character, without any characters. To convey an interpretive story through environments, sound, editing and repetition.

Using my technical generalist background, I sought to find my own approach to making a short-film from start to finish, while gaining further insight into all the connective tissue in-between. Pre-visualisation, cinematography, editing, grading, sound-design, music, planning and scheduling, communication and management, press-kit, and so on.

Approximate time-estimation for the project’s development;
3 weeks of story exploration and development, starting with a scratch-sound edit and temporary visuals.
12 weeks of pre-visualisation, research and development, and early asset-building. Learning Python, creating custom shot-management-, automated shot-building-, and asset-publishing pipeline-tools.
10 weeks of shot and asset-production, from look-development to rendering and compositing.

CREDITS:

Kim Strandli
Director, responsible for all aspects excluding music and sound.

Rasmus Meyer
Music & Sound Design

Freja Printz Ringbæk
Sound Design

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